Color & Control:

Pickled Easter Eggs

Pickling the eggs in their cracked but intact shells creates a unique tie-dye effect on each one.

6 servings


1 cup distilled white vinegar
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
One of the following depending on desired color: 2 small red beets, shredded on a box grater, 2 tablespoons ground turmeric, or 1 cup blackberries
6 unpeeled Hard-Boiled Eggs


Step 1

Heat vinegar, salt, brown sugar, and 1 cup water with desired coloring ingredient in a small saucepan over medium until hot. Remove brine from heat.

Step 2

Gently tap eggs to crack shell all over but keep intact. Carefully add eggs to brine and chill at least 8 hours and up to 3 days.

Step 3

Remove eggs from brine and peel.


Photo: Ted Cavanaugh

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